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  • Leverage in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 47
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,240

For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter - but what was the motive of the masked men? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Jean on 09-23-18

Another complex mystery and great story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Determining the motive is of great importance in solving any murder case but in a case of mass murder it is essential. Thus begins a complex case of trying to determine what the murderers are gaining from the murders. The book was another excellent story for the series.

I have no complaints of the story. My complaints are for the narrator of the audio version. The narrator made some of the characters voices so nasal and/or disturbing that it actually took away from the story. The voices were so disturbing that there is no way that they would not have been talked about by other characters.

  • Beautiful

  • The Beautiful Series, Book 10
  • By: Christina Lauren
  • Narrated by: Grace Grant, Sebastian York, Jonathan Cole, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837

A new couple finds love, and the casts of the previous books join in to celebrate this series finale in the most Beautiful way possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It Is Time To End It

  • By Lulu on 10-28-16

A Beautiful Ending

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Everything must come to an end and this book is the end of the "Beautiful" series. The couple (Jenson and Pippa) introduced then joined in this last book of the series don't really seem too important to the overall series. But these characters were too alive to just be an easily forgotten couple. Pippa just jumped off the page and captivated us, the reader, just as much as she captivated Jenson.

  • Retreat

  • By: Jay Crownover
  • Narrated by: Natasha Soudek
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

I was a woman on the edge, shaken and shattered after a breakup that felt like it tore my entire world apart. My best friend, sick of watching me drown in misery and melancholy, harassed me until I agreed to go with her on a weeklong wilderness retreat. Nowhere in the glossy brochure did it say anything about the fact I was going to have to battle the insufferable but deliciously rugged trail guide instead of the elements. The brochure also forgot to mention that when you left civilization behind, there was no place to pack your inhibitions and fears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit series for Jay!

  • By Valerie J on 07-18-17

Too Much Drama

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

The people in JC's novels don't have easy lives. That is both the appeal and drawback of her novels. Her characters are multilayer and real. There situations are heartbreaking but they are resilient overcomers. Our couple in this novel lives, on the outside, don't appear as tragic as JC's other characters but their trauma is in their internal solitude. I was a truly wonderful love story.

Now for the criticism: JC didn't stop with our wonderful romance but lead us on an escapade of epic proportions down the rabbit hole. This wasn't unexpected given JC's previous novels but you still ended up feeling blindsided by the sudden escalation of over the top action. For me this over the top escalation took away from the beauty of the novel.

  • Cast in Deception

  • The Chronicles of Elantra
  • By: Michelle Sagara
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

Private Kaylin Neya thought her home couldn't possibly get more crowded. But when one of her housemates, Annarion, decides to undertake the Barrani Test of Name, his friends refuse to let him face his task alone - and Kaylin's sentient home, Helen, is the only structure capable of shielding the rest of Elantra from the magnitude of their power. Annarion and Mandoran almost caused the destruction of the High Halls once already. Add nine of their closest friends, and the danger is astronomically higher.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe it's because I wait all year for these books

  • By S. Schmidt on 01-28-18

Let's do the twist

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-18

This story is full of the unexpected twist and turns that I was sure that I had missed some very important detail. I found myself rereading every few pages the details were so subtle. After a while it became clear that I wasn't missing anything but going on the same adventure for understanding with our characters. Once this was established it was easier to just hang on and enjoy the ride. And enjoy the ride is what I did. I still feel I will have to reread the book again sooner rather than later but for now I am more than happy with having finished.

  • Wild Hunger

  • Phoenix Pack, Book 7
  • By: Suzanne Wright
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825

When half-wolf shifter Frankie Newman receives an e-mail from a family member she didn’t know existed, a secret is revealed: as a child, Frankie witnessed her father killing her mother...and then himself. Frankie was torn from her pack by her mother’s human relatives, and the trauma was erased from her memory. Realizing that she’s been lied to her entire life, she’s never felt more alone. Until she catches the scent of an old friend - warmly familiar and intoxicating. Trick Hardy, enforcer of the Phoenix Pack, can sense the rush of mutual attraction when he sees Frankie again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 🌟🌟 5 Stars 🌟🌟

  • By Cyndi on 08-22-18

Predictable but very enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-18

I have been waiting for this story and I can only say it was very good. Unfortunately, it didn't exceed my expectations because it was predictable. This story was just what I have come to expect from SW and this series. The characters are multilayer and the story always includes humor plus the required internal and external conflicts.

  • The Other Lady Vanishes

  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

New York Times best-selling author Amanda Quick returns to the exclusive seaside community of Burning Cove, where more than one person with a dark past has gone to reinvent themselves. But some secrets are just too deadly to stay hidden, and some pasts can never stay buried. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Old fashion.

  • By Renetta on 05-21-18

So worth the all night reading hangover

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Don't start this book in the afternoon or evening as that might adversely affect your ability to go to bed/sleep that night.

Book 2 in the Burning Cove series has us once again in the 1930's. Once again we have a mysterious lady new to town becoming involved in the investigation of a sensational murder/accidental death. It was truly wonderful returning to the world of Burning Cove although this time we were introduced to a mostly new set of characters. I personally doubt that AQ can write a bad story. The biggest surprise to me with the number of books she has written is how she keeps creating such new plots.

  • Delicate Freakn' Flower

  • By: Eve Langlais
  • Narrated by: Tillie Hooper
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

Dammit , just how many toes was she going to have to stomp on before people realized she was a delicate freakn' flower? Naomi doesn't want to follow tradition and settle down with a violence-loving, chest-thumping shapeshifter. She grew up in a household with five testosterone-laden brothers where none of the dishes ever matched, the ugly-as-sin furniture could withstand any catastrophe, and Krazy Glue was bought by the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By S. Lacey on 05-07-16

Freakn' good read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-18

This was a good start to a new series. It wasn't great but I would have given it 3.5 🌟. The characters were somewhat developed and the plot was good. Although I loved the fact that the author didn't take pages upon pages explaining the world's reality I didn't like the fact that there was no explanation at all. I was intrigued enough to want to read more of the series and that's good enough for me to recommend the book.

  • Cold Reign

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 11
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,133
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,982

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker...and the woman rogue vampires fear most. Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official Enforcer to Leo Pellissier, Master of the City. But Leo's reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions. And there's another danger to the city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book fro the fantastic Faith Hunter!

  • By Teri on 05-03-17

The beginning of the end

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Excitement on every page. It isn't enough to know that good will triumph over evil. Faith Hunter gives us a step by step of every battle, counterattack, treason, surgery, strategy, defeat, rescue mission, etc.. At times it's hard to keep up with everything that's going on. Ally, enemy, spy, counterintelligence, sleeper agent, foot soldiers, warriors, police, etc.. The names for all but the main characters of the series become jumbled. The traditional weapons and magical weapons are also jumbled. A spreadsheet would be really helpful in keeping everything cleared. But in spite or maybe because of how action packed the story was it was definitely one of the best of the series. With all the television series being made out of fantasy series with strong female leads I hope to one day see Jane Yellowrock's world on the big or little screen.

  • Dark Queen

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 12
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,799
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,682

As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can't let that happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great adventure from Faith Hunter!

  • By Teri on 05-02-18

Is this the End?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-18

Faith Hunter has again created the perfect marriage between paranormal fantasy, mystery crime, and romance. The majority of the characters continue to be more (overlapping layers of relationship) than just secondary players. Sadly, this story felt more like the end of the series instead of the transition to new roles. As with every life transition some old friends won't be able to go forward with you, while new relationships are built to journey on with you. The ending was entirely unexpected. I found myself rereading the last three chapters over and over again in disbelief.

  • Wicked Sexy Liar

  • By: Christina Lauren
  • Narrated by: Deacon Lee, Olivia Song
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

For two people ambivalent about dating and love, they sure get naked around each other an awful lot.... London Hughes is very content to surf daily, tend bar, hang out with her group of friends, and slowly orient herself in the years after college. Everything's going great and according to the nonplan. But when a wave knocks her for a loop one morning, then Luke Sutter's flirtatious smile knocks her for another that evening, she veers slightly off course...and into his path.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • it wasn't terrible but....

  • By Afton on 02-12-16

Not as good as the rest

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-18

It was really nice (but not necessary) that we had a chance to find out what happened to Luke after the dramatic breakup. The relationship dynamics between Luke and the girls as well as Luke and his family were heartwarming. In spite of all of that this story was flat compared to the others.

Luke was nice but was beyond clueless when it came to relationships. If Luke was clueless London was apathetic. For them both to go from such extremes to love felt hollow. Although CL tried to convey their growth into the relationship it didn't read true especially considering all that they did was hook up for sex initially.